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PART 8-WASHINGTON, D.C.

MARCH 12, 1974

Printed for the use of the Special Committee on Aging

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON: 1974

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402 - Price $2.00

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Barriers to Health Care for Older Americans:

PETE V. DOMENICI, New Mexico
CLIFFORD P. HANSEN, Wyoming
EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida

EDWARD W. BROOKE, Massachusetts
CHARLES H. PERCY, Illinois
ROBERT T. STAFFORD, Vermont
J. GLENN BEALL, JR., Maryland

Part 1. Washington, D.C., March 5, 1973.
Part 2. Washington, D.C., March 6, 1973.
Part 3. Livermore Falls, Maine, April 23, 1973.
Part 4. Springfield, Ill., May 16, 1973.

Part 5. Washington, D.C., July 11, 1973.
Part 6. Washington, D.C., July 12, 1973.
Part 7. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, August 4, 1973.
Part 8. Washington, D.C., March 12, 1974.
Part 9. Washington, D.C., March 13, 1974.
Part 10. Price, Utah, April 20, 1974.

Part 11. Albuquerque, N. Mex., May 25, 1974.
Part 12. Santa Fe, N. Mex., May 25, 1974.
Part 13. Washington, D.C., June 25, 1974.
Part 14. Washington, D.C., June 26, 1974.
Part 15. Washington, D.C., July 9, 1974.

Part 16. Washington, D.C., July 17, 1974.

(Additional hearings anticipated but not scheduled at time of this printing.)

BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE FOR OLDER AMERICANS

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 1974

U.S. SENATE,

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH OF THE ELDERLY OF THE

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING, Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 5110, Dirksen Office Building, Hon. Edmund S. Muskie, chairman, presiding.

Present: Senators Muskie, Hartke, Chiles, Fong, and Pell.

Also present: William E. Oriol, staff director; Elizabeth Heidbreder, professional staff member; John Guy Miller, minority staff director; Margaret Fayé, minority professional staff member; Patricia Oriol, chief clerk; Gerald Strickler, printing assistant; Joan Merrigan, clerk; and Dorothy McCamman and Herman Brotman, consultants.

OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDMUND S. MUSKIE,

CHAIRMAN

Senator MUSKIE. The subcommittee will be in order.

This hearing continues the inquiry of the subcommittee into barriers to health care for older Americans, a series we began 1 year ago this month with hearings on the administration's Medicare cutback proposal, and have continued in other hearings last year in Washington and around the country.

Today and tomorrow we will hear testimony on the administration's national health insurance proposal-the comprehensive health insurance plan. Before we hear from our witnesses today, I would like to make some brief points about national health insurance and the elderly.

First, I note with pleasure that every concerned group in the Nation has recognized the need for enacting a program of national health insurance. The defects of our health care system, for all citizens, are so severe that they can only be solved by a nationwide plan which insures every American access to sound health care. The public, health professionals, the administration, and Congress all agree that national health insurance is a top priority for America.

Second, I would like to note that agreeing on an adequate national health insurance plan will be a difficult and complicated process. Cooperation and a willingness to reason, by all parties involved, will be essential for the process to be successful. I am gratified that the administration has exhibited the necessary spirit of cooperation. I hope it

continues.

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